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News – Bale Should Follow Ronaldo’s Steps – Zidane

photo Zinedine Zidane says Cristiano Ronaldo is an example to follow for Gareth Bale when it comes to dealing with the immense pressure at Real Madrid following his world-record €100 million transfer from Tottenham this summer.


Cristiano Ronaldo was previously the most expensive transfer following his €94m move from Manchester United to Madrid in 2009.

Zidane, who moved to Madrid for around €75m in 2001, knows the weight of expectation the club feels like and suggests that Bale looks no further than Ronaldo, who he believes has dealt with the extra pressure his immense price tag brought with it.

“Some of my statements about Gareth have been misinterpreted. When I said that he is a player that costs a lot of money, I was referring to the great pressure that this player will be under. At least that’s what happened to me,” the assistant coach told Real Madrid TV.

“The pressure [on Bale] is huge, of course, but we have the best example in Cristiano Ronaldo. He is the most expensive player in football history and he has spectacularly overcome enormous pressure.

“His stats, his performances … Everything he gives to Real Madrid on and off the pitch is genuinely spectacular. Real Madrid do not consider his price but rather everything he brings to the club.”

The 24-year-old Bale could make his official Madrid debut away against Villarreal on Saturday.


News – PHOTO: Bale Meets Ronaldo Ahead of First Real Madrid Training Session

photo Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo met and shook hands ahead of his first training session since he joined Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old is poised to make his debut against Villarreal on Saturday and met his new team-mates during his first session since his €100 million move from Tottenham

Bale, who surpassed the Portugal international as the world’s most-expensive player following his €100 million move from Tottenham, is poised to make his debut for his new club against Villarreal on Saturday evening.

Bale began training session by undergoing individual physical work with a coach before joining his new team-mates in their full warm-up.

The Wales international then took part in light ball work with Iker Casillas, Luka Modric. Karim Benzema, Daniel Carvajal, Alvaro Morata, Nacho and Jese.

Ronaldo, along with summer signing Isco, trained apart from Bale, while Raphael Varane was alone with a fitness coach as he makes his comeback from a knee injury.

Bale came on as a second-half substitute in Wales’ World Cup qualifier against Serbia on Tuesday evening, and following his side’s 3-0 defeat, manager Chris Coleman believes the winger may be subjected to a restricted amount of playing time in his early stages at Madrid.

“If he starts Saturday, he will not finish the game. I would be amazed if he does,” Coleman told reporters.

“We have looked at him in these 10 days and he is nowhere near ready for 90 minutes even if Spanish football is slower.

“He may start, but he won’t finish the game. He may get 45 minutes, I don’t know, but he will feel better in himself after 30 minutes here.

“But he has only had four training sessions in two months which is dangerous.”


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“Ronaldo and Bale can play together” – Ancelotti

Ancelotti RM trainingReal Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale can play alongside one another.
Ever since the Welshman completed his record-breaking €100million move to the Bernabeu, there has been a lot of speculation as to how he would fit into the system, given the similarities in their playing styles.
Ancelotti says he is thinking about a formation that would accomodate both players, but ruled out the possibility of Ronaldo playing centrally.
“No [Ronaldo will not be used as a striker], I think we’ll be working out a system which will bring out the best characteristics of both players,” the 54-year-old told

“You need to field the top players where they feel comfortable. Everything is going really well. Real Madrid is a massive club and it is well organised.
“I’m in no doubt at all that it will all work out well for him [Bale]. There’s been no problem at all in adapting. The team has changed a little since I came in.
“He’s a great player and he’s young. He wanted nothing more than to come here and play for Real Madrid and I’m sure he’ll do well.”
The Italian trainer has dismissed claims that he was bothered about the immense pressure, of being coach of Real Madrid.
“It’s normal for a coach. There is a great deal of pressure at Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain,” he continued.
“There is pressure within both of those teams to reach objectives and you don’t always reach them. After so many years of experience, in the end you grow used to the pressure.”

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Tottenham seek to end ‘partnership’ with Real Madrid after Bale, Ozil moves

In an exclusive Goal report, it is being reported that Premier League team Tottenham Hotspurs, are not happy with Real Madrid, following their summer-long courting of Gareth Bale and eventual sale of Mesut Ozil to their arch rivals, Arsenal.

Tottenham are reviewing their partnership agreement with Real Madrid after being appalled by the Spanish giants’ behaviour this summer in the course fo sealing the world record £86 million signing of Gareth Bale.
The two clubs announced the link-up following Luka Modric’s move to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2012, declaring it would see the clubs “working together in respect of players, coaching, best practices and commercial relationships.”
But the partnership has appeared increasingly one-sided, with Madrid doggedly pursuing Bale all summer before selling Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, Tottenham’s great north London rivals, for €48 on the final day of the transfer window.
Ozil’s move to the Gunners infuriated Spurs and particularly their chairman Daniel Levy, who tried to block the deal and made no secret of his anger with the Spanish club in a statement following confirmation of Bale’s move.
“Gareth was a player we had absolutely no intention of selling,” said Levy. “Such has been the attention from Real Madrid and so great is Gareth’s desire to join them, that we have taken the view that the player will not be sufficiently committed to our campaign in the current season.”
Spurs are now reviewing the relationship and could cut all ties with Real Madrid, with sources insisting they are not a ‘feeder club’ for players to move to the Spanish capital.
“Spurs have been bullied by Real Madrid and they won’t stand for it anymore,” a source told Goal. “They will look at the partnership and see if it’s worth it because Real have shown no respect for them.”
Tottenham fans this week launched an online petition demanding an end to the partnership, stating: “Since we have agreed to form the partnership, Real Madrid C.F. have treated us and our players without respect including “tapping” up Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.
“The transfer of Mezut Ozil to our top rivals in order to recoup money spent on Gareth Bale is the ultimate duplicitous action and we deserve a fair and mutual exchange between clubs rather than being treated as a feeder club.”
The partnership is thought to have included agreements on commercial tie-ups, pre-season friendlies, options on loaning players and sharing of coaching knowledge and expertise.
Spurs also have strategic partnerships with other clubs including Brazilian side Internacional, Hong South China in Hong Kong, San Jose in the United States and South Africa’s Super Sport United.

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